Best Side-by-Side Tires for Durability and Performance

Buying a side-by-side is only the first step in a long list of things you might want to do in order to have maximum fun out on the trails, dunes, or wherever you plan on riding. After buying your side by side you are going to want to look into getting the best tires available.

Typically the stock side-by-sides straight from the dealerships, even the more expensive ones, will have areas that you may want to enhance with aftermarket parts.

A particular person I know bought a brand new 2020 Maverick X3 X MR Turbo RR, which runs for around 26,000 dollars. He then went on to put upgrades into the already crazy suspension, a roof, because the MR does not come with one stock, as well as other aftermarket parts including tires.

That is the thing with these side-by-sides and the people who buy them, the stock parts are never enough, and even after putting in aftermarket parts there seems to be no real end. For real enthusiasts, there is no limit to what they are willing to do to get the perfect ride.

You may have one side-by-side that is specific for dune jumping, another that is built to go bogging in the swampy areas of the south, or the muddy bogs of Michigan. Perhaps you would rather race your side-by-side so you tune it and put parts that are specific to that.

Needless to say, there are plenty of parts to go around, and the aftermarket support for most brand name side-by-sides. One of the first places that you will want to start, before you put anything in the engine, put on any aftermarket shocks or suspension parts, are the tires.

Typically, even on more expensive side-by-side models, the stock tires will not be exactly what you want, or what you need for the type of riding you will be doing.

Companies like Can-Am, Polaris, Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki will give you good tires. Their higher end side-by-sides will even have tires from the well known, top of the line, brands that we will have listed here in this article.

The tires will typically be an all-terrain tire though. Unless you get a side-by-side that was made specifically for certain terrain, like Can-Am’s Maverick X3 MR, you will almost always get tires and parts that are good all-around parts.

If you are looking for parts, especially tires, that are specialized for a specific environment then you will have to do some research into other brands, and find a tire that is made for that specific environment/terrain.

Knowing that deciding what is the best tire for the best environment and what brand is the best can be a confusing and daunting task, I have taken the liberty to talk about a few of the top brands for tires for side-by-sides, as well as the various tires that they have to offer.

While there are a plethora of places and brands to buy tires from ranging from well-known market-leading brands to lesser-known cheap brands online, we will be looking at the two most popular aftermarket tire companies, ITP and Maxxis.

ITP

ITP has been around since 1982 and is the worlds number one ATV/UTV aftermarket tire and wheel source. The company is currently based out of Clinton Tennessee, where its designers, engineers, and technicians are constantly producing the best products for side-by-sides all made in the United States of America.

ITP currently sponsors some of the top racers in the side-by-side race world and have a very good track record overall in the side-by-side and ATV race world. So with a history like that, it is no wonder we have them at the top of our list for best aftermarket tires.

We have broken up the tires into the different sections that ITP themselves have their tires listed under. That way if you are looking for a tire that performs well in a certain environment then you can look at it straight away.

All-Terrain

The tires listed under this section range from deep mudding tires, to smooth handling trail tires. Some may be listed/mentioned again in other sections such as the mud/snow section, but know that these tires, while designed for mud and heavy trails, can be used as an all-terrain tire as well.

Cryptid

The Cryptid tire is a monster of a tire that even Swamp Thing himself should look out for. While it is categorized under the all-terrain section, the Cryptid is particular to conquering some deep mud and muck.

It is a tire that is versatile in swampy areas and if I do say so myself, it is pretty cool to look at with its chevron style tread pattern. The lug height of the tire is graduated, starting at 1.5 inches at center growing to 2 inches at the shoulder.

The Cryptid is made from durable rubber so that you are not likely to chip, cut, or puncture the tire and the paddle-like configuration will help with keeping you moving forward in even the deepest of mud pits.

You can see all the specs for the ply rating, width, weight, size, and more on the table listed here below.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P077527×10-146279.5818/107040.241.5/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P077628×10-146289.5818/114040.241.5/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P035130×9-14629.28.76.532/148042.247/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P034730×10-14630.29.7818/113043.847/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P080830×11-14629.510.8934/176045.147/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P034832×10-15632.19.8818/125550.447/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P034934×10-17634.310.1818/13605547/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P035036×10-1763610.1818/153561.447/32Front/RearUTV/SxS

Mammoth Mayhem

Next up from ITP we have the Mayhem series. There are four different Mayhem tires, the Mammoth Mayhem, Monster Mayhem, Mega Mayhem, and the Mayhem. These tires are all pretty similar, they are just split up to differentiate between size, and tread depth.

The Mammoth Mayhem are 6-ply rated tires, with extra-deep, 2-inch lugs that help to push through whatever mud or grime you may be encountering.

The Mammoth Mayhem is the largest in the Mayhem series coming in at 32-inches.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETERMOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT(LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT/REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P019832×10-14632.49.48
22/143054.964/32Front/RearUTV/SxS

Monster Mayhem

The Monster Mayhem is just as savage as the Mammoth Mayhem tire is, except for the fact that it is a little bit smaller like I said before. It has a lug depth of only 1.75 inches, so it is not too far off from the Mammoth.

The Monster Mayhem has an extra-tall 30-inch sizing for your side-by-side, which is typical for most side-by-sides. 32-inches like the Mammoth offers is usually pretty big for a standard side-by-side.

The Monster Mayhem delivers all the same traction within the mud and muck that the Mammoth does and it does so just as smoothly as the Mega Mayhem and the Mayhem tires do, which we will get to a little later on.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P010530×9-146309.1720/114037.854/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P010430×10-1463010.1822/123039.654/32Front/RearUTV/SxS

Mega Mayhem

The Mega Mayhem tire provides the same kind of traction that you will want for some mudding, but it also offers more traction and control on the trails that the two previously mentioned Mayhem tires give.

The Mega Mayhem has a tread depth of 1.5-inches so it is still a force to be reckoned with and is the same 6-ply tire that the rest of the Mayhem tires are.

The Mega Mayhem while smaller is a bit more versatile only because it comes in a varying amount of sizes shown here in this table.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P003527×9-126278.477/4403047/32FrontUTV/SxS
6P003727×11-126279.997/49533.747/32RearUTV/SxS
6P003227×9-14626.78.377/42027.547/32FrontUTV/SxS
6P003327×11-14626.81097/49533.147/32RearUTV/SxS
6P075628×9-126288.477/46532.847/32FrontUTV/SxS
6P075728×11-126289.797/52034.447/32RearUTV/SxS
6P005228×9-146288.477/44030.447/32FrontUTV/SxS
6P004428×11-146289.897/5203347/32RearUTV/SxS

Mayhem

The Mayhem tire is the smallest amongst the Mayhem tire series but it still is of superior quality that ITP is well known for. The Mayhem Tire has 1-inch of tread depth so while it is not as deep as its siblings, it provides the best handling and comfort for trail riding.

It has the same durable, extended-wear, rubber compound as the other Mayem tires do and are ready to take on the trails.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P003025×8-126257.66.57/34021.231/32FrontUTV/SxS
6P003125×10-126259.587/38022.831/32RearUTV/SxS
56058826×9-12625.88.577/41024.932/32FrontUTV/SxS
56059026×11-1262610.597/48027.132/32RearUTV/SxS

There are two other tires that are listed under the “all-terrain” section by ITP but they are more specialized for the mud, so I will just talk about them in the Mud/Snow section of the article instead of listing them here.

Mud/Snow

The Mud/Snow section for ITP is the exact same as the All-Terrain section is. It includes the five different Mayhem tires that are listed above, as well as the Mud Lite tires that we will talk about here in this section.

So know that in this section for Mud/Snow you should take into account all of the aforementioned Mayhem tires, as well as, the Mud Lite tires.

Mud Lite XL

The Mud Lite is one of the more recognized mud tires amongst the Mud Lite series. While it is designed for more rigorous trail riding, it can handle the mud just as well as the rest of the mud tires can.

It has a 1 1/8-inch lug height, as well as the extended-wear rubber compound that the Mayhem tires have as to extend the tires life. The center tread that these Mud Lite tires have help to give the tire a more radial feel and a smoother ride.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
56036325×8-12625.37.86.518/69520.933/32FrontUTV/SxS
56036425×10-12625.89.8818/85528.433/32rearUTV/SxS
56043225×12-12625.9119.518/102025.333/32rearUTV/SxS
56A3P626×9-126268.9718/82524.333/32FrontUTV/SxS
56A34326×10-12626.89.6818/91027.133/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
56A36126×12-12627.211.59.518/107032.933/32rearUTV/SxS
56A31827×12-1062711.39.57/55027.433/32rearUTV/SxS
56A38027×9-12627.39.1718/88026.533/32FrontUTV/SxS
56A34527×10-12627.69.6818/9652933/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
56A34727×12-12627.811.79.518/113532.933/32rearUTV/SxS
56045527×10-14627.39.7818/93529.236/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
56045627×12-14627.710.69.518/11203236/32RearUTV/SxS
56A34928×10-126289.8818/102028.533/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
56A35028×12-12628.711.19.518/120031.233/32RearUTV/SxS
56049428×10-14627.89.5818/99028.736/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
56049528×12-14627.810.49.518/120031.636/32RearUTV/SxS

Mud Lite XXL

Whenever you see a double X or higher you know that something is going to be BIG, and the Mud Lite XXL tires are no exception. These 30-inch tires are mean and mud qualified.

They have 1.3-inch deep lugs, and the tires themselves are super light, up to 5 pounds lighter than competing tires. These Mud Lite XXL tires are supposedly best for modified, big-bore, 4×4 ATVs but can be used on your side-by-side all the same.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
56040130×10-1263010818/117034.239/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
56041930×12-12630.5129.518/132037.239/32RearUTV/SxS
56046230×10-1463010.387/55034.939/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
56046330×12-14630.311.99.57/66038.339/32RearUTV/SxS

Desert/Sand

The Desert/Sand tires are what you will see some of the higher-end, extreme performance side-by-sides come with, primarily the Polaris RZR Turbo models. These tires are made do be able to race across the rocky desert floor as well as traverse the dunes without gripping too much.

Coyote

The Coyote tire by ITP is one of the most well-known tires in the industry. That may be because it is the tire that comes standard with the new Polaris RZR Turbo S side-by-side.

The fact that a big brand like Polaris puts these things on their most expensive and extreme side-by-side should speak of the quality of the tire all by itself. However, if you still need more reason to believe that these tires are the real deal then check out some of these specs.

The Coyote tires are specifically designed for high horsepower side-by-sides. They are an 8-ply, radial tire that complies with DOT standards. Why would applying with DOT standards matter? Well if you want to drive your side-by-side on the road then it matters a ton.

With applying with DOT standards you can take your side-by-side out on the open road legally, so long as your state allows it. The Coyote is known for its maneuverability, steering response, and predictable lateral stability.

It is a durable tire that can handle gravel, rocks, and sand. This tire is so good, ITP even made a video for it, check it out.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @40TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P081027x9R14827.59.1736/127531.522FrontUTV / SxS
6P081127x11R14827.710.7836/15453522RearUTV / SxS
6P080932x10R1583210744/209044.121Front / RearUTV / SxS
6P0753*33x10R15833.810.7836/200044.422Front / RearUTV / SxS
6P0913*35x10R15835.510.7836/226051.722Front / RearUTV / SxS

Ultra Cross R Spec

The Ultra Cross R Spec is a radial tire that is good for extreme desert riding. They feature a non-directional tread so that you can have better off-road traction and versatility. It also has a 14-inch diameter and is an 8-ply tire.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P088823×8-12623.78.312×7.020/64020.120/32Front/RearGolf/ATV/UTV
6P025023X10-12623.410.1822/139022.920/32Front/RearGolf/ATV/UTV
6P049227x9R148278.8736/127529.220/32FrontUTV/SxS
6P025127x10R12826.89.9836/144530.520/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P025227x10R1482710.1836/140531.120/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P025328x10R12827.710.4836/154032.320/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P025428x10R14828.210.2836/15403220/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P031729x9R14828.99.3734/142032.620/32FrontUTV/SxS
6P031829x11R14829.511.2938/177536.220/32RearUTV/SxS
6P032329x10R158299.9836/156035.420/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P022330x10R14830.99.9718/113036.720/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P025530x10R15830.310.1836/166036.220/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P051531×9.5R-14831.19.3736/174037.919/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P051631×9.5R-15831.29.2736/170539.319/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P025632x10R15832.310836/188039.520/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P051234x10R17834.29.9836/204041.820/32Front/RearUTV/SxS

Ultra Cross R Spec Race

These tires are the go-to for ITPs very own extreme desert racing crew. They feature the same radial 8-ply design of the Ultra Cross R Spec tires. They are designed with a bit more openly spaced tread to increase traction.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
6P051531×9.5R14831.19.3736/174037.919/32Front/RearUTV/SxS
6P051631×9.5R15831.29.2736/170539.319/32Front/Rear 

Sandstar

The Sandstar tire is designed specifically for riding the dunes. Shere as the other tires was good for dune and desert riding, these tires are more so for just dunes.

The Sandstar tire has a patent-pending dual-rib design made to give better steering control when ripping through the dunes. There are also 8 30mm paddles that provide improved traction and acceleration.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
500051619×6-10218.65.95.55/1406.813/32FrontATV/UTV/SxS
500041621×7-10221.16.955/1659.814/32FrontATV/UTV/SxS
500042622×8-10221.87.765/20010.416/32FrontATV/UTV/SxS
500052618×9.50-8218.18.575/135930/32Left RearATV/UTV/SxS
500053618×9.50-8218.28.575/135930/32Right RearATV/UTV/SxS
500043620×11-8221.39.795/24012.238/32Left RearATV/UTV/SxS
500044620×11-8221.39.995/24012.238/32Right RearATV/UTV/SxS
500049620×11-9221.39.795/24011.938/32Left RearATV/UTV/SxS
500050620×11-9221.49.795/24011.938/32Right RearATV/UTV/SxS
500045620×11-10221.39.695/23512.738/32Left RearATV/UTV/SxS
500046620×11-10221.39.695/23512.738/32Right RearATV/UTV/SxS
500047622×11-10221.99.985/26513.638/32Left RearATV/UTV/SxS
500048622×11-10222.89.885/26513.638/32Right RearATV/UTV/SxS
500078626×9-12226.18.165/38514.220/32FrontATV/UTV/SxS
500076626×11-12226.39.98.55/38517.131/32Left RearATV/UTV/SxS
500077626×11-12226.49.98.55/38517.131/32Right RearATV/UTV/SxS

Dunestar

The Dunestar has a 26-inch tire width that is ideal for dune riding on side-by-sides. It has a more aggressive, reinforced dual-depth paddles that provide excellent traction in the sand.

It also has sup[erb steering and handling the same as the Sandstar.

PART NUMBERSIZEPLY RATEDMOUNTED DIAMETER (IN.)MOUNTED WIDTH (IN.)RIM WIDTH (IN.)PSI/LOAD @50TIRE WEIGHT (LBS.)TREAD DEPTH (IN.)FRONT / REARVEHICLE TYPE
500075626×9-12225.99.175/38515.222/32FrontUTV/SxS
500067626×10-12225.9975/38516.730/32RearUTV/SxS

Racing

The Racing section for ITP tires has no new tires for the section. They include the Coyote, the Ultra Cross R Spec, and the Ultra Cross R Spec Race tires.

Maxxis

Maxxis is another big name brand when it comes to tires overall, but especially in the side-by-side/Powersports world. While Polaris uses some of ITPs tires, Can-Am likes to use a lot of the Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires.

Whether one company is better than the other one I cannot rightly say, that would be up to you to decide which tire you think handles better and is best for your riding environment.

However needless to say that both of these top brands create high-quality products and are the industry leaders for off-road tires for both side-by-sides, and ATVs.

All-Terrain

All-terrain for Maxxis is just the same as it is for ITP tires. They include tires that perform well in almost any terrain whether it be light mud, rocks, sand, or desert.

Bighorn 3.0

The Bighorn 3.0 radial tires are based on the popular Bighorn 2.0 tires that Can-Am uses. These tires are 6-ply rated and have great grip and a large contact patch.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 12
TM00949100Rear26X11.00R12626.411.279012X8.025/32
TM00948100Front26X9.00R12626.49.166212X7.025/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM01051100Rear26X11.00R14626.310.846514X8.025/32
TM01050100Front26X9.00R14626.38.938514X7.025/32
TM01001100Rear27X11.00R14627.51149514X8.025/32
TM01007100Front27X9.00R14627.58.741014X7.025/32
TM00940100Rear29X11.00R14629.511.191714X8.025/32
TM00941100Front29X9.00R14629.58.978214X7.025/32

Carnivore

The Carnivore tires are 8-ply rated tries that are inspired from your common light pick up truck. It has the same great tread wear that the Bighorn tires have.

The Carnivore boasts a specialized rubber compound that provides for excellent traction over rocks, roots and even desert terrain.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00928100Front, Rear28X10.00R14828.79.448014X7.028/32
TM00923100Front, Rear30X10.00R14830.59.755014X7.028/32
TM00975100Front, Rear32X10.00R148321061514X7.028/32
Rim Size (in) 15
TM00894100Front, Rear29X9.50R15829.79.449515X7.028/32
TM00970100Front, Rear32X10.00R15832.310.361715X7.028/32

Desert

The desert tires listed for Maxxis seem to be slightly different from that of ITP. These tires seem to offer a bit more tread and tend to be more radial style tires.

The Maxxis desert tires also tend to be 6-ply rated tires whereas the ITP tires were typically 8-ply or 2-ply.

Big Horn Radial

The Bighorn Radial tire is a popular tire amongst the side-by-side community as well as the ATV community. It is a wide radial tire that provides excellent traction in all terrains including the desert.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 12
TM16683900RearAT27X12R12627.711.755012X9.525/32
TM16630700RearAT25X10R12625.49.842012X8.028/32
TM16613100FrontAT25X8R12625.4834012X6.528/32
TM16676800RearAT26X12R12626.411.752012X9.525/32
TM16678100FrontAT26X9R12626.48.841012X7.025/32
TM16679100FrontAT27X9R12627.48.844012X7.025/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00733100Front, Rear28X10.00R1462810.2105514X8.027/32
TM00860100Rear29X11.00R14*629.510.974014X8.025/32
TM00746100Front29X9.00R14*629.28.956514X6.025/32
TM00735100Front, Rear30X10.00R1463010.2119514X8.027/32
TM00230100RearAT26X11R14626.410.549514X7.025/32
TM00229100FrontAT26X9R14626.4939514X7.025/32
Rim Size (in) 15
TM00295100Rear26X10.00R156261042015X8.025/32
TM00296100Front26X8.00R15626.4833015X7.025/32

Ceros

The Ceros tire is specifically designed for high-performance side-by-sides. It is a 6-ply tire that is great for short-course UTV racing as well as high-speed desert racing.

The directional tread gives the Ceros tire smooth steering precision and straight-line stability at high speeds.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 12
TM00294100Rear23X10.00R12623.39.774012X8.023/32
TM00293100Front23X8.00R12623.1858012X7.023/32
TM00420100Rear25X10.00R12625.49.882512X8.022/32
TM00418100Front25X8.00R12625.2869012X7.023/32
TM00243100Rear26X11.00R12626.610.796012X8.023/32
TM00242100Front26X9.00R12626.68.682512X7.023/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00304100Front, Rear25X10.00R14625.59.882514X8.023/32
TM00097100Rear26X11.00R14626.510.993514X8.023/32
TM00096100Front26X9.00R14626.58.780514X7.023/32
TM01000100Rear27X11.00R14627.61149714X7.023/32
TM01009100Front27X9.00R14627.58.641014X7.023/32
TM00903100Rear29X11.00R14629.410.8113514X8.022/32
TM00904100Front29X9.00R14629.4996314X6.022/32
Rim Size (in) 15
TM00698100Rear27X11.00R1562710.8104715X8.023/32
TM00697100Front27X9.00R156278.785315X7.023/32

Coronado

The Coronado is probably one of Maxxis’ best desert tires. It has a long-wearing compound that provides a durable life for the tire and with the 8-ply rated radial carcass, the Coronado absorbs the shock from rock and whoops in the sand.

The Coronado has an increased lug height so that you can have protection from bites into the tire, as well as a more rounded front tire so that you have better traction on flat turns as well as in the ruts.

The Coronado also comes in a variety of sizes giving you the perfect fit for your specific side-by-side.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 12
TM00674100Rear25X10.00R12825.21099212X8.025/32
TM00673100Front25X8.00R12825880412X6.525/32
TM00840100Rear26X11.00R1282611.299212X8.025/32
TM00839100Front26X9.00R128268.682712X7.025/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00855100Rear26X11.00R14826.810.697014X8.025/32
TM00854100Front26X9.00R14826.58.679414X7.025/32
TM00842100Rear27X11.00R14827.211.2103214X8.025/32
TM00841100Front27X9.00R148278.584714X7.025/32
TM00852100Front, Rear28X10.00R1482810.499214X8.025/32
TM00853100Front, Rear30X10.00R1483010.6113514X8.025/32

Rampage

The Rampage is a light track-inspired, 8-ply, radial tire that has a special rubber compound that gives the tire supreme traction. It may not seem as flashy as the Coronado but it gets the job done all the same.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 14
TM01022100Rear30X10.00R14830.89.854614X7.019/32
TM00047600Rear32X10.00R14832.21061714X7.020/32
Rim Size (in) 15
TM00068300Rear32X10.00R15832.31060615X7.020/32

VIPR

The VIPR is a tire that is perfect for intermediate and loose conditions including the desert. It can shoulder the heavy load of your side-by-side easily. It has a directional tread pattern, deep lugs, and has a 6-ply rated construction as well as a rim guard.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 12
TM00820100Rear25X10.00R12624.81082512X8.028/32
TM00819100Front25X8.00R12624.8869312X6.528/32
TM00822100Rear26X11.00R12625.811.196112X9.028/32
TM00824100Front26X9.00R126268.782512X7.028/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00415100Rear27X11.00R14627.411.1101614X9.033/32
TM00414100Front27X9.00R14627.48.985114X7.033/32

Hard Pack

Hard Pack tires would just be tires that perform well in terrain that is well packed into the ground. There are quite a few tires that fall under the Hard Pack category that we have already discussed those being the Conorado, Bighorn Radial, Ceros, and Rampage.

The tires not yet mentioned, the Bighorn 2.0, the Liberty, and the Rockzilla, tires we will discuss below.

Bighorn 2.0

The Bighorn 2.0 is the tire that Can-Am uses on a lot of their side-by-sides. It is not quite as big as the Bighorn 3.0 but it is just as durable and tough. It has a radial construction in order to give a smooth ride, a 6-ply construction, and slightly slimmer lugs than that of the original Bighorn.

It does the job of providing a smooth ride while climbing over roots and rocks that you may find while riding in the trails.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 11
TM00247100RearAT24X10R116249.839611X8.023/32
Rim Size (in) 12
TM00732100Front, Rear28X10.00R1262810.4109012X8.025/32
TM00245100RearAT23X10R12623.29.636312X8.023/32
TM00244100FrontAT23X8R126237.528212X6.523/32
TM00246100FrontAT24X8R126247.930812X7.023/32
TM00091100RearAT25X10R12625.41042012X7.023/32
TM00090100FrontAT25X8R12625.3834012X6.523/32
TM00124100RearAT26X11R12626.41148012X8.025/32
TM00123100FrontAT26X9R12626.48.841012X7.025/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00706100Rear28X11.00R1462811.1115514X8.025/32
TM00705100Front28X9.00R146288.896514X7.025/32
TM00095100RearAT26X11R14626.411.249514X8.025/32
TM00094100FrontAT26X9R14626.48.639514X7.025/32

Liberty

The Liberty tire is a great all-around tire for your.r side-by-side. It exceeds the DOT standards so you can use these tires to ride both on and off the road. It has excellent tread wear as well as the special rubber compound that Maxxis uses on their tires in order to produce good traction control.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00999100Rear28X10.00R14828.51048014X7.016/32
TM00913100Front, Rear30X10.00R14830.49.755114X7.016/32
TM00974100Front, Rear32X10.00R148321061514X7.016/32
Rim Size (in) 15
TM00973100Rear32X10.00R15832.41061715X7.016/32
Rim Size (in) 16
TM00896100Front, Rear29X9.50R168299.448116X7.016/32
Rim Size (in) 18
TM00967100Front, Rear32X10.00R188321061518X7.016/32

Rockzilla

If you are looking for a tire that can get over the rocks with ease, then look no further. The Rockzilla is one of the best rock-crawling tires on the market. It has an 8-ply rated construction an as well as a soft rock crawling tread compound so your tire does not get punctured by any potentially sharp rocks.

The Rockzilla has a multi-layer sidewall design that enhances the sidewall traction when crawling/climbing up and over rocks.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 14
TM01010100Rear30X10.00R14*830.51054614X7.019/32
TM00076700Rear30X10.00R14830.51014X7.0
TM00076800Rear32X10.00R14832.210.661714X7.0
TM00047400Rear32X10.00R14*832.210.5561714X7.0
TM00047500Rear35X10.00R14*834.510.9174114X7.0AT

Intermediate

Intermediate tires would account for all of the tires that would perform well in intermediate environments. That being places that are not necessarily rocky, or super muddy, snowy, sandy, etc. They are places that have a little bit of everything but they are not heavily leaning on one extreme terrain or another.

All of the intermediate tires listed for Maxxis are ones that we have already seen except for the Zilla tire which we ill cover in the mud section. So for the intermediate section the ties include the Coronado, LIberty, Rampage, VIPR, Bighorn Radial, Bighorn 2.0, and the Ceros.

Mud

Mud tires are simply what the name implies, they are tires that you use to get through the mucky mud that so many states love to offer during the rainy season. if you are from the Midwestlike I am then you know how important having the perfect mud tire on your vehicle can be.

The only tire in this section that we have already seen is the VIPR, other than that all of these tires will be new to us in this article.

Maxxzilla Plus

The Maxxzilla plus is the oversized version of the Zilla. It offers super deep lugs in order to power through thick mud. as well as a special cone knob design to help expel mud.

In my honest opinion, I believe that ITP has better mud tires than Maxxis. They have deeper tread, deeper lugs, and bigger paddle designs to get through the muck, however, you should decide for yourself which you think is best.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00011800Rear30X10.00-14630.310.988814X7.0
TM01004100Rear32X10.00 -14632.410.9100814X7.060/32

Maxzilla

The Maxzilla offers everything that the Maxzilla plus does, it only differs in size.


Part Number
PositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 12
TM00918100Rear27X11.00-12627.810.6119012X8.048/32
TM00917100Front27X9.00-12627.88.994212X7.048/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM01047100Rear28X11.00-14628.511.185514X8.048/32
TM01054100Front28X9.00-14628.78.9120014X7.048/32

Rocky

The tires that perform well in rocky environments that Maxxis offer are all tires that we have previously listed here. They are the Bighorn Radial tire, the Ceros tires, the Cornado tires, the VIPR tires, and the Roxxzilla tires.

Sand

As for tires that perform well in the sand, there is not a huge selection from Maxxis, you are probably better off with going with on of ITP’s tires such as the Coyote, Dunestar or Sandstar. The tires tath Maxxis has listed for “sand tires” are the Bighorn Radial and the Bighorn 2.0 tires.

Snow

The snow selection from Maxxis is very much the same as the Sand selection in that there are not too many tires to choose from. You have the snow beast which we will talk about here and that is it.

Snow Beast

While it has the word snow in its name, the Snow beast tire can traverse both snow and mud equally.

The wide lug spacing and large surface area help to ensure that you get traction on the snow and the ice. The Snow Beast has a 6-ply carcass and has a cold weather compound that is intended for harsh winter conditions.

The lugs on this tire are pre-drilled for studs that can be used in icy conditions.

Part NumberPositionSizePly RatingOverall Diameter (in)Section Width (in)Tire Pressure/Load (psi/lbs)Rim Size (in)Tread Depth (in)
Rim Size (in) 12
TM00774100Rear25X10.00R126251051812X8.023/32
TM00773100Front25X9.00R12625946212X7.023/32
Rim Size (in) 14
TM00857100Rear27X11.00R1462711.176914X9.023/32
TM00856100Front27X9.00R146278.963914X7.023/32

Soft Terrain

Soft terrain tires would refer to tires that would work well in grass, light dirt, and other types of terrain where the ground is not too rough and you would not be traversing extremely hard or rocky areas. The tires that Maxxis has that would fit the job well in this category are the Bighorn Radial, Bighorn 2.0, and the VIPR.

Conclusion

All and all Maxxis has some really good tires and so do ITP. In my personal opinion, I would go with ITP tires over Maxxis but that is just because I like the way they feel and drive. That is not to say that Maxxis does not have some great tires and would do a bad job. It is quite the contrary they are both really big name brands for a reason.

I just like the feel of ITP better, so if you want my personal opinion then I would go with the ITP tires especially the Coyote for desert, sand, and all-around tires. If you want a good mud tire I would also go with ITP’s tires. I do like the Bighorn series has a good all-terrain tire though so that would be on my list as well.

In the end, of course, the decision is up to you and what you feel your side-by-side needs and how it feels when you drive it around.

Matthew King

I'm 23 years old and love to hike, camp, and shoot guns. I also know Spanish which can come in handy!

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